Shelves of books in UCSB Library's Special Research Collection.

Note: Fellowship applications will not be accepted in the 2020-21 fiscal year due to COVID-19.

The UCSB Library opened applications for the Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Research Fellowship, which enables scholars and graduate students to pursue research lasting from one to three months in UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections

One annual fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to allow a scholar to pursue research in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, visual and performing arts, and/or UCSB history. 

The award is funded by an endowment established by Kenneth Karmiole, an internationally renowned antiquarian bookseller who earned his bachelor's degree in History from UCSB.  He made previous gifts to the UCSB Library for rare books and manuscripts and has owned and operated Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller since 1976.

“The UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections materials are most valuable when students and researchers engage with them to advance research and learning,” said Karmiole. “I look forward to seeing what comes from the research conducted through this fellowship.”

View more details about eligibility, judging criteria, and how to apply. 

Potential applicants are welcome to inquire about specific UCSB Library Special Research Collections’ holdings or to request a consultation with a curator or public services specialist. The UCSB Library’s Special Collections inventories can also be viewed on the Online Archive of California

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